Firefighters offer tips on staying safe this Christmas

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have provided people with tips and advice to celebrate safely during Christmas and New Year.

With the holiday season approaching, Celebrate Safely is the service’s campaign to help keep people safe with a list of tips.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, so people should guarantee that all heating appliances and boilers are serviced, not use devices that emit smoke or a dull yellow flame, and buy a carbon monoxide detector.

Before lighting fires, ensure that chimneys are swept, check that there is no tar build up, use an adequate fire guard, and do not set things close to the fire.

Keep candles away from Christmas trees, greeting cards, ribbons and other decorations, and always put them out when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Unplug fairy lights and charging devices overnight or if you leave the house, always use the recommended wires and chargers for electricals.

Don’t drink alcohol and avoid distraction if you’re cooking, walking home alone, intend to drive, or intend to light fireworks.

Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114, as this is the British Standard that all fireworks should meet.

Remember to always wear a seatbelt, no matter how short a journey, as to cut the chances of a fatal crash.

Don’t speed, just a few extra mph can affect your reaction time and braking distance.

Lock doors and windows whenever you go out, even if just for a short time.

Don’t leave packaging from expensive items outside your house, take it to be recycled or throw it in the bin.

Be aware of what is happening around you, trust your instincts.

If you feel unsafe, change direction, go somewhere more visible.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your area, call the police on 101.